An opinion piece published Friday on the Israeli daily news website the Times of Israel was quickly removed as it violated the online platform’s editorial guidelines.
The article by Yochanan Gordon, which was entitled “When Genocide is Permissible,” was quickly removed from the website but archived versions had already gone viral.
See also: The full article by Yochanan Gordon
In his column, Gordon, whose father founded the weekly newspaper Five Towns Jewish Times, condemned the United States, the United Nations and other Western countries for criticizing Israel’s military tactics.
“It’s now obvious that the U.S. and the U.N. are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war,” he wrote.
The blogger suggested that “rooting out” the territory is the best way to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He also wrote: “What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”
“Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in fighting a far less-capable enemy.”
Following the removal, the Times of Israel issued a statement condemning Gordon’s opinion story.
“The Times of Israel on Friday removed an unacceptable blog post, entitled ‘When genocide is permissible,” the statement read.
“This blog post, which was described by our Ops & Blogs editor as both damnable and ignorant, blatantly breached the Times of Israel’s editorial guidelines,” it read.
Our “trust has rarely been abused. We are angry and appalled that it was in this case, and will take steps to prevent a recurrence,” it added.
“We will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts.”
The Israeli website has discontinued the writer’s blog.